Gay Spain – The top gay events in 2018!

Gay Spain is one of the world’s top destinations. It is home to Europe’s “Big Gay 5” including, Madrid, Barcelona, Sitges, Ibiza and Gran Canaria. With its progressive attitudes, warm climate and rich culture, it is no wonder the country attracts more gay visitors each year. Check out the top gay events to visit in Spain in 2018, from carnivals to fetish events, some well known and other’s yet to be discovered!

Gay Spain - The top gay events in 2018

Spain is home to two of Europe’s largest gay pride events, the world’s largest gay circuit party and home to some of the hottest gay pool and beach parties on the Mediterranean. Here’s our list of “must do” events in 2018!

1 Spain’s Gay Prides!

Madrid Pride Shows

Gay Spain is home to some of the world’s top pride events. Madrid Gay Pride takes place from June 29th to July 7th 2018, culminating in a parade that attracts more than 1 million visitors making it the largest gay pride parade in Europe.

  • What not to miss!
    The after-parade shows in the gay district of Chueca are a must. The election of Mr Gay Pride Espana is also a sight for sore eyes!
  • Where to stay?
    The Room Mate Oscar is located in the heart of the gay district. Rooms book up fast. Their rooftop pool parties are legendary!
  • Where to play?
    Spain’s biggest gay export, the “WE Party” hosts a full 7 days of events and parties. The Papa Pool party is one of the hottest tickets in town.
  • What to do?
    Take the Madrid Tapas and Wine tour and visit some of the top tapas hangouts! Try some great Spanish wines and savor the unique tastes of the city!

Other Gay Pride events not to be missed!

Maspalomas Gay PrideMay 3rd – May 13th 2018
Sitges Gay PrideJune 14th – 18th 2018
Barcelona Gay PrideJune 23rd to June 20th 2018

If you are looking for a new pride experience in Spain, consider Ibiza and its beach party vibe, Valencia with its famous hot men, Torremolinos with its great post parade party in the gay square or Benidorm, Spain’s end of Summer party, taking place in mid September! Or go off the beaten track and check out the Andalusian pride in Seville or the unique river pride in Bilbao!

2 Spain’s Gay Carnivals

Sitges Carnival

Gay Spain is home to some of the world’s most famous carnival events. Better known for it’s Summer season of events, Sitges should not be overlooked in February 2019! The Sitges Carnival attracts more than 250,000 visitors in February and falls this year during the Valentines celebration, from Feb 26th to 6th of March, making it the perfect romantic escape!

  • What not to miss!
    Sitges carnival hosts two amazing parades on the Sunday and Tuesday of the event.
  • Where to stay?
    The Hotel Platjador offers a beach front view of the entire parade and is great value!
  • Where to play?
    Plz Industria is the hub of all the main activity during the Carnival. Parrots Pub is home to the hottest guys in the sexiest costumes, don’t miss it, if you can get in the door!

Other Spanish Carnival Events

Maspalomas CarnivalMarch 3rd to March 12th 2018
Bear Carnival MaspalomasMarch 12th to March 19th 2018

3 Circuit Events & Beach Parties

Circuit Festival Maspalomas

Barcelona’s Circuit Festival is the largest gay circuit party in the world, attracting more than 70,000 gay visitors from all 4 corners of the globe from the 9th to 19th of August 2018. Barcelona the capital of Gay Spain is the perfect destination for a gay escape with fabulous beaches just a short trip from the gay centre Eixample.

  • What not to miss!
    The Waterpark Party at “Isla Fantasia” is the highlight of the event! Imagine a huge stage and a massive pool as your dance floor with 8,000 guys in attendance.
  • Where to stay?
    Circuit Fills the city in August. The NH Calderon is close to all the gay bars, clubs and parties with large rooms and great gay-friendly service.
  • Where to play?
    Circuit hosts 10 nights of parties taking place at venues dotted across the city. The gay village is located in the Eixample district. Most of the city’s bars are located close together! Check out Nightberry for those who like to party late or People Lounge famous for its friendly atmosphere.
  • What to see?
    Take a gay tour of the city with Rainbow Tours. Their gay guides can give you the inside scoop on the best places to visit.

Other Spanish Gay Beach Parties & Events

Maspalomas Circuit FestivalMay 10th to May 13th 2018
Wonder Gay Festival TorremolinosJuly 23rd to July 29th 2018
Winter Party Gran CanariaNovember 5th to November 11th 2018

4 Spain’s top Bear & Fetish Events

Mad Beach Torreminos

Mad Bear Beach is the Summer event of the Spanish Season! Taking place directly on the beach in Torremolinos, this unique event brings thousands of hot guys from Madrid (Hence the name). The 10 day event takes place from the 8th to the 18th of August 2018

  • What not to miss!
    Eden beach club hosts several beach parties during the event. The Hotel Ritual Pool party is also one of the highlights so book your tickets early.
  • Where to stay?
    Torremolinos has become increasingly popular over the past few years. The new gay owned and operated Hotel Ritual is the place to stay!
  • Where to play?
    Torremolinos has a compact gay scene all located within La Nogalera, a commercial centre full of bars for all tastes! Querell is home to some of the raunchiest parties on the Costa del Sol, while Centuryon club hosts some of the hottest night time parties during the event!

Other Spanish Gay Parties not to be missed!

Leather & Fetish Torremolinos29th March – 1st April 2018
Sleazy MadridApril 26th to May 2nd 2018
Bear Week SitgesSept 1 to Sept 11th 2018
Maspalomas Fetish WeekOct 6th to Oct 14th 2018
Gaudalki Bear SevilleOct 11th to Oct 14th 2018
United Bear Pride BarcelonaMarch 28th to April 1st 2018

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